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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A subfamily of aquatic paludicole birds, of the family Rallidæ and order Alectorides, having the forehead shielded by a horny boss formed by a prolongation of the culmen or mesorhinium, the bill short and stout, the feet large with long toes not webbed or lobed, but simple or slightly margined; the gallinules. See Gallinula and gallinule.


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